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The Non-Violence Project Foundation announces its 30-Year Anniversary

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The Non-Violence Project Foundation announces its 30-Year Anniversary

The Non-Violence Project Foundation is delighted to announce its 30-year anniversary campaign on The United Nations recognized: International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October 2023.

Since 1993, The Non-Violence Project (NVP) has addressed violence via productive conversations, impactful partnerships, education programs and more. Now is the time to celebrate the milestones we have experienced together.

NVP invites you to join us as we look back at 30 significant stories of success over the past 30 years related to: Knotted Guns placed across the world, education initiatives, partner collaborations, ambassador partnerships, and agitators or individuals who have helped take our important mission to new heights.

Visit NVP’s dedicated 30-Year Anniversary Campaign landing page to learn more about this campaign and how you can help support us.

We are so grateful to every single person who has joined us on our journey so far. Join the change movement as we look to empower people through creative learning to overcome violence in all its forms.

Jan Hellman, Co-Founder at The Non-Violence Project Foundation, said: “We realized early on that the Knotted Gun – an international symbol of peace created by our artist friend, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, had a much bigger value than a piece of art. Together with Rolf we decided at the beginning of our journey that we wanted to inspire, motivate, and engage young people across the world to understand how to solve conflicts and violence in a different and better day. The fact that we have been able to reach so many fantastic people in different countries, environments, and cultures all over the world – from Asia, to Europe, to America, South America, and Africa has been one of the most important and enriching experiences of my life. We look forward to continuing with our global education journey by empowering young people through creative learning to overcome violence in all of its forms.”

Rolf Skjöldebrand, Co-Founder at The Non-Violence Project Foundation, said: “When we formed the Foundation, it immediately struck me that we could actually use our international symbol of peace as an inspirational piece and try to engage young people in creating change. The fact that we have trained and educated more than nine million people in over 30 countries and placed the Knotted Gun in over 30 prominent locations across the world is something I’m incredibly proud of, along with the amazing team of people across the world we have been able to gather. John Lennon once said – ‘everybody is responsible for everything that goes on,’ and I believe that message is still relevant today.”

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The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to inspire, motivate and engage young people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully. NVPF was founded in 1993 in Switzerland and has educated more than 8 million young people, teachers, and sports coaches on five continents. 

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We inspire, motivate and engage people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully through raising awareness and education.

The Non-Violence Project Foundation empowers people with creative tools and skills to cultivate awareness and understanding of non-violence, enabling them to overcome violence, leading to a virtuous cycle of positive impact. We believe that knowledge is power, and that creativity can help unlock the full potential of this power through skill-based learning and learning tools that are more engaging, impactful, and relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

We have educated more than 9 million people on five continents since the organisation was founded in 1993 in Switzerland. Our education programs and outreach initiatives have won several awards for best practise. President Obama awarded NVP the ”President’s Call to Service Award” in 2011. Other awards include the Presidential Daily Light Award, received by President Bill Clinton, the Paul Harris Fellow Award given by Rotary International, the American National Safety Council Award for best practise and the Weed & Seed Award given by US Justice Department in 2009.

It is thanks to our 30-year legacy, symbol of the Knotted Gun, innovative methods, and a growing community of change advocates like you that we can shape a more peaceful and non-violent world.

We are a non-profit based in Geneva, Switzerland, but operating globally, which means you can join us wherever you are.

For more information about us and our initiatives please visit or contact us at

The Non-Violence Project Foundation
Avenue Louis Casaï 18
1209 Geneva